Why Do Accident Victims Settle Their Cases?

Going to trial takes time—a lot of it. First, you have to get ready for trial, including taking depositions and getting expert witnesses lined up. Then there’s all the waiting around for court dates, which can sometimes take months or even years.

If your injury attorney in Port Hope tells you it would be better to settle out of court than go to trial, make sure they can explain why this is the case. They should be able to explain how far along your case is and what kind of evidence has been gathered so far. They should also be able to tell you what the chances are that you will win or lose at trial.

The second reason people avoid going to trial is money.

Trials cost a lot of money, and if you’re representing yourself, you’re going to pay for everything yourself, including experts and other court costs that insurance companies typically pay when they’re paying your bills (and they usually do). Trial lawyers often charge by the hour or day, making more money if they spend more time working on your case (and sometimes they earn bonuses if their clients win at trial).

If you want a lawyer who really wants to go to trial and will fight hard for you every step of the way, be prepared to pay extra for that kind of representation — or at least get ready for a long wait while your lawyer tries to negotiate with opposing counsel in hopes of reaching an agreement before the trial begins.

Avoid Public Disclosure of Information

Many people don’t want to go through the stress of testifying in court or answering questions under oath about something embarrassing or private which happened during the accident or injury-causing event. They’re worried about having their personal life exposed during questioning by opposing counsel or cross-examination by their own expert witness during testimony on direct examination.

They don’t want to relive the accident or injuries. This is especially true for people with serious injuries such as head trauma, spinal cord damage or brain damage. These injuries can be harrowing and even debilitating if they’re not treated properly after an accident, so it’s not surprising that many people don’t want to talk about them again at trial or even think about them when preparing for trial.

Fear of Jury Verdict

It’s hard to predict how a jury will react to a case. For example, a person injured in an accident might be afraid that a jury will not award them enough money to make up for all their losses. This fear of going before a jury can cause people to take smaller settlements than they would have received at trial. However, having a lawyer by your side can help you receive the entitled compensation.

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